It’s early 1982 and The Jerks have come out with their first 45 (they were featured on a compilation album in 1980 with their updated version of the Tornado’s Telstar).
Sadly, by the time the band came out with this piece of vinyl the live music scene in the Illinois Valley was changing again and it wasn’t as exciting as it had been the year before and in 1980.
Still, it was pretty cool for the band to come out with this recording. The producer of this recording was Skip Griparis who had worked with Alan Thacker and Dick Verucchi when they were in Buckacre. He also was a member of Olivia-Newton John’s band in the early 70’s.
One time Skip played at the Delta Queen lounge in Peru, Illinois (next door to Friday’s Saloon) and I helped him set up his equipment. He was and still is an actor and comedian and was in the films Major League and Major League II acting along side Bob Uecker.
I was really surprised when the record came out to find my name listed on the back
Oh yes, you might say that I’ve briefly tasted a bit of rock and roll fame.